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Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 16: Buxton to Matlock

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo helps to repair the ancient peat landscape of the Peak District and travels on the historic steam railway to Rowsley. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 17: Cromford to Burton-on-Trent

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo visits the oldest working factory in the world at Cromford and explores the country's first public park in Derby. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 18: Walsall to Bournville

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Series in which Michael Portillo travels the country by train. He meets the Queen's saddler in Walsall and learns how to cook an Indian curry in Birmingham. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 19: Coventry to Watford

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo relives the Coventry Blitz and finds out how the trains helped to evacuate millions of children during World War II. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 20: St Pancras to Westminster

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael visits one of the grandest railway stations and hotels in the country - St Pancras. He also rides the world's first tube line to Smithfield market. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 6: Preston to Morecambe

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Travel documentary. Michael Portillo explores the temperance movement's origins in Preston, visits Blackpool and meets Morecambe Bay's keeper of the sands. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 7: Settle to Garsdale

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Travel documentary. Michael Portillo revisits the Settle-Carlisle line, explores the Ribblehead viaduct and learns about the navvies who helped to build it. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 8: Windermere to Kendal

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo takes a steamboat tour of Lake Windermere, visits Wordsworth's home village of Grasmere and makes sausages with a local Herdwick sheep farmer. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 11: Swindon to Bristol

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo finds out about free holiday trains for the GWR workers in Swindon, samples the spa in Bath and tries his hand at glass blowing in Bristol. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 12: Yatton to Weston Super Mare

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael samples Cheddar strawberries, explores Cheddar Gorge and the famous caves, and visits one of the country's oldest piers at Weston-super-Mare. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 13: Torquay to Totnes

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo finds out about Torquay's microclimate, goes salmon fishing on the Dart estuary and spends some of Totnes's new local currency. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 14: Bugle to Mevagissey

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo visits the largest clay mine in the world, goes pilchard fishing in Mevagissey and finds out how the estate of Heligan shaped British gardens. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 15: Truro to Penzance

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo searches for the lost church of St Piran, explores the last working tin mine in Cornwall and harvests oysters on the Helford River. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 1: Liverpool to Eccles

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo journeys around Britain by train. He learns to speak Scouse in Liverpool and finds out about the first railway fatality. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 2: Manchester to Bury

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo travels around Britain by train. He is fitted for a trilby in Denton and discovers the role the railways had in the creation of fish and chips. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 3: Todmorden to York

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary series with Michael Portillo. Michael travels back in time on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and sees the latest Roman discoveries in York. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 4: Pontefract to Bridlington

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary series with Michael Portillo. Michael searches for the last liquorice grower in Pontefract and goes fishing for sea bass in Bridlington. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 5: Filey to Scarborough

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary series. Michael Portillo learns to decipher traditional knitting patterns in Filey and meets Scarborough's 4,000-year-old Gristhorpe Man. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 9: Carlisle to Glasgow

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Travel documentary. Michael Portillo meets the wild Border Reivers clansmen, witnesses a wedding in Gretna Green and visits a World War I munitions factory. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 10: Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Travel documentary. Michael Portillo makes apple juice in the Clyde Valley orchards, scales the Forth Rail Bridge and relives childhood memories in Kirkcaldy. Show more